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Bishops give go-ahead to developing priorities, plans for the early 2020s

Bishops give go-ahead to developing priorities, plans for the early 2020s

| Mark Pattison | June 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops June 12 gave a provisional OK to development of a new set of strategic priorities to guide the work of their conference from 2021 through 2024.

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Mitigate global warming, spare further injustice to poor, pope says

Mitigate global warming, spare further injustice to poor, pope says

| Carol Glatz | June 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Faced with a climate emergency, the world must act immediately to mitigate global warming and avoid committing “a brutal act of injustice” on the poor and future generations, Pope Francis told a group of energy and oil executives and global investors.

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Protocol approved on restrictions on bishops facing claim of abuse

Protocol approved on restrictions on bishops facing claim of abuse

| Mark Pattison | June 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops overwhelmingly approved a measure that would enable bishops to apply restrictions in the life and ministry of retired bishops accused of sexual abuse or who failed to take necessary measures to prevent abuse.

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More than a few fans prayed for St. Louis Blues to win Stanley Cup

More than a few fans prayed for St. Louis Blues to win Stanley Cup

| June 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Before the St. Louis Blues beat the Boston Bruins in Game 7 on June 12 to win the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup for the first time in the team’s 52-year history, Twitter was alive with hopes for a little divine intervention for such a victory — maybe even from St. John Paul II.

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Bishops OK plan to implement ‘motu proprio’ on addressing abuse

Bishops OK plan to implement ‘motu proprio’ on addressing abuse

| Mark Pattison | June 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops approved a plan to implement the “motu proprio” “Vos Estis Lux Mundi” (“You are the light of the world”) issued in May by Pope Francis to help the Catholic Church safeguard its members from abuse and hold its leaders accountable.

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AMA applauded for reaffirming its opposition to doctor-assisted suicide

AMA applauded for reaffirming its opposition to doctor-assisted suicide

| June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee praised a June 10 decision by the American Medical Association to reaffirm its long-standing policy against physician-assisted suicide.

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Bishops approve update of texts of rites for clergy ordinations

Bishops approve update of texts of rites for clergy ordinations

| Mark Pattison | June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops voted to update texts last changed in 2003 for the ordination of clergy.

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Bishops vote to revise U.S. catechism’s capital punishment section

Bishops vote to revise U.S. catechism’s capital punishment section

| Carol Zimmermann | June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

The U.S. bishops voted June 13 to revise what the U.S. church teaches its adult members about the death penalty in a passage on the issue in the U.S. Catechism for Adults.

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Catholic Church should focus on getting ‘nones’ back, Bishop Barron says

Catholic Church should focus on getting ‘nones’ back, Bishop Barron says

| Carol Zimmermann | June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Although the U.S. bishops’ spring assembly in Baltimore was mostly devoted to responding to the sexual abuse crisis in the Church, the bishops also considered something described as the second-most important issue currently facing U.S. Church leaders: How to get religiously unaffiliated, or “nones,” particularly young people, back to the Catholic Church.

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